We’ve been award £285,000 for four flood repair schemes following the damage caused by storms last winter.

The funding from Welsh Government follows a successful bid put in earlier in this year.

The 4 successful schemes are:

  • Gwenfro, Caia Park, surface water drainage, upgraded pipe and outfall design required
  • Maes Meredydd, Pontfadog, Replacement and upgrade of Culvert
  • Darland Lane and Gamford Lane, Rossett, water drainage, pipe and outfall required
  • Hampden Way, upgrade of trash screen arrangements

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Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, welcomed the funding and said: “I would like to thank the Welsh Government for recognising the importance of the bids made by awarding 100% funding for four major schemes in Wrexham. This will allow us to remedy some of the long standing issues that are ongoing in the county borough.

“We will continue to work with Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales to respond to flooding issues across the county to address the problems often made worse due to climate change.”

Rossett Councillor, Cllr Hugh Jones, said: “I welcome the news as I’ve been working for over eight years for a solution to this problem that has blighted the lives of residents in Darland and Gamford Lane. I look forward to seeing the works start in the summer.

Ceiriog Valley Councillor, Trevor Bates, said “I am delighted to hear that Welsh Government has agreed to fund the improvements to the Culvert in Pontfadog, one of only four schemes approved within the Wrexham County Borough. Residents at Maes Meredydd and Afon Wen have not been able to sleep soundly since 20th January for fear of waking up with water running through there back doors again. I hope the work can be done quickly and before the next downpour of rain”.

Within inches of breaching flood defences

Storm Christoph caused the worst problems in January and its effects should not be underestimated.

River levels on the Dee were the highest on record and came within inches of breaching significant flood defences at Bangor on Dee village and in numerous locations on both the Dee and other rivers; banks were breached and over topped.

Rainfall levels and water run-off from adjoining land was of such significance that even where formal drainage systems exist, these were quickly overwhelmed.

Our teams continue to work on drainage systems and over the last twelve months, work has progressed well on our proactive cleansing programme and we remain on target to achieve a full cleanse of systems annually.

There’s also a number of projects across the County Borough. The most important of these was caused by a landslide on the B5605 at Newbridge.

The remedial works are complex and the solution difficult and costly but we are hopeful of further help from Welsh Government to help with repairing this important part of our infrastructure.

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